Heb 6:10 For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
All strength and wisdom comes from God. God promised, of His own grace, to reward the good works of His people, who are in Christ, by grace through faith. It is His promise and not our merits. “God first gives us conquering grace, and then rewards us for it”, Charles Spurgeon. To be rewarded for what you have not earned or worked for is mind blowing, but the God we serve deems it so. We ought to approach the throne of grace in prayer on the basis of God’s covenant with His Son, for the benefit of His people.
This is unsettling in our minds, because it negates the necessity of prayer. The saints, knowing how unworthy they are, are first equipped and given the heart to serve. God’s reward comes about as we labor for the sake of His name in ministry to the Saints. How do we minster? We minister by holding the rope by prayer, encouragements, and financial support. We do this in going, sending or both with no expectation in return. 1Th 1:2-4, “2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, 3 remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father,4 knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God.” Faith works, love labors, and hope patiently suffers all things. Therefore, we should not be afraid to expect a reward from the Lord for what we have not achieved.
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